Commentary

A look around the Big 12

Updated: December 14, 2007, 3:58 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | Special to ESPN.com
How will Big 12 teams fare in their bowl games? Can new coaches make a difference at Nebraska and Texas A&M? Our Big 12 notebook addresses those questions and more.

Baylor


Guy Morriss' five-year run as the Bears' coach ended unceremoniously, with Baylor posting a winless Big 12 record (0-8) in a disappointing 3-9 season. Baylor lost its last eight games by a combined margin of 352-108, dropping every conference game by at least 20 points. Morriss left with a 12-game conference losing streak, and Baylor endured its 12th consecutive losing season and 13th season without a bowl bid. Those struggles meant that QB Blake Szymanski never played well enough to suit Morriss, despite single-season school records of 2,844 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. And his early success operating former offensive coordinator Lee Hays' spread passing attack might indicate that he could thrive in new coach Art Briles' philosophy of a pass-heavy attack.